Saturday, November 14, 2009


Sat., Nov. 14, 2009 - A Closer Look: The Seated Scribe

A Closer Look at the Seated Scribe

Shortened URL:

From the site:

“Painted in bright colors and gazing expressively at the visitor, the Seated Scribe is one of the most famous statues in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. Egyptologists think it is probably the portrait of a high-ranking Egyptian official living at the time of the great pyramids, yet its date and the exact identity of the model still remain a mystery. Find out more through this interactive multimedia study.” <<>>

[NOTE: See a List of A Closer Look Features – Phyllis ]


Sat., Nov. 14, 2009 - Writing Across the Curriculum: Teaching wtih Writing

Writing Across the Curriculum: Teaching with Writing

From the site:

“WAC is more than just a set of teaching practices. It is a perspective which argues that 1) writing is a central means for learning, clarifying, organizing, and expressing ideas and information, and 2) all teachers should share responsibility for helping students become successful writers both inside and outside of the classroom” <<>>


Sat., Nov. 14, 2009 - The Official World Almanac Trivia Quiz Night Kit

The Official World Almanac Trivia Quiz Night kit

From the site:

“In The Official World Almanac Trivia Quiz Night kit you’ll find what you need to throw a quiz night in your local pub, bookstore, or classroom using The World Almanac 2009. Each question has been carefully crafted by The World Almanac expert editorial staff and every answer can be found within the pages of The World Almanac 2009, the ultimate source for essential and authoritative facts.” <<>>


Sat., Nov. 14, 2009: PBS: Free Webinar on Understanding Germs, Viruses & Vaccinations / Diary of Anne Frank inquirey / NATURE: The Fellowship of the Whales / AMEX: The 1930s: Surviving the Dust Bowl

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 15-21, 2009

Free Nov. 17 Webinar Focuses on Resources and Strategies to Help Students Understand How Germs, Viruses and Vaccinations Work

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 are hosting a free webinar for educators on Nov. 17 about "Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid." Webinar participants will learn strategies and resources they can immediately use in the classroom to teach students about the critical topic of viruses, how vaccinations work if their families choose to get them and how to stay healthy. During the webinar, health and early childhood education experts will share ideas on how educators can help kids better understand viruses and vaccinations and support healthy habits in school. For more information or to register for the webinar, visit


The Diary of Anne Frank for 21st Century Students: Tell Us What You Think

Do you teach The Diary of Anne Frank? We want your wisdom, your ideas, and your wish-lists. A new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank will premiere this spring on MASTERPIECE Classic on PBS. The two-hour film will air on April 11, 2010, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day. This month on Media Infusion, the team is looking for you to tell us what kinds of activities and tools you use.
[NOTE: scroll past Sesame Street article. – Phyllis ]


Fellowship of the Whales
On-Air & Online
Sunday, Nov. 15, 8:00 pm.
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
This is the story of the first year in a humpback whale's life
as she learns lessons from her mother. Together, they make the
long journey from her birthplace in the subtropical waters in
Hawaii to summer feeding grounds in the cold seas off Alaska's
southeast coast. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
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American Experience: The 1930s
Surviving the Dust Bowl
On-Air & Online
Nov 16, 2009 at 9/8 C
Gr. 9-12
Despite the desertification of the once bountiful wheat fields,
people stayed, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and
a way of life. Liev Schreiber narrates. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Site includes Teacher Resources and Timeline


Copyright 2008 PBS Online


------Forwarded Message------
Date: Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 2:30 PM
Subject: News From American Experience
The 1930s continues Monday, Nov. 16, at 9pm
Surviving the Dust Bowl (check local listings)
or Watch Online

This Monday, November 16th, American Experience’s The 1930s recounts the harrowing tales of the determined people who survived one of America’s worst ecological disasters. Dust storms, nicknamed “black blizzards,” rolled across the Southern Plains beginning in 1931, and darkened skies all the way to New York and Washington D.C. In the years before the Great Depression, hard-nosed “sod-busting” farmers enjoyed great harvests and raced to till every inch of the land in the expanse some early maps labeled “The Great American Desert.” But after years of abuse and over plowing, a prolonged drought turned topsoil to dust. Driven by unabated winds, the powder swirled into massive storms that tainted food and the drinking water supply, and created a widespread epidemic of dust pneumonia that threatened the lives of people and animals alike. Even with the world crumbling around them, three-quarters of Dust Bowlers stayed, clinging to their homes and their way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease—even death—for nearly a decade.
Site includes Teacher Resources and Timeline

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Wed., Nov. 11, 2009 - Holiday Shopping, Circa 2008

---------Forwarded Message--------

Site of the Day for Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Holiday Shopping, Circa 2008: Tips From the Federal Trade Commission

Today's site offers shopping advice specifically targeted to those gearing up for
holiday purchases. Gentle Subscribers will find sensible suggestions to reduce the
possibility of overspending and designed to alleviate some of the anxiety which is
more apparent with this year's global economic volatility.

"If you've ever heard the advice, 'Never go to the grocery store without a list or
when you're hungry,' chances are you know why: you're likely to buy more than you
need and spend more, too. The same advice applies when you're shopping for the
holidays. Whether you're shopping at the mall, online, or by phone or mail, the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, says that
a little planning and know-how can help you deliver a holiday season that's on
budget and maybe even a little less stressful." - from the website

The article provides an overview on general shopping topics, from making a list and
tracking spending, to figuring out how to get the lowest "sale" price for a
desirable item. Consumers are urged to train a steely eye on offers which may be
more than they need, such as "Buy One, Get One Free" promotions, or a particular
store's policy on coupons. Additional tips include asking for a gift receipt,
especially the type which guarantees the same amount of credit as the original
purchase price, if the item is returned, and reading the small print in layaway

Schlepp over to the site for down-to-earth advice about holiday shopping at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Wed., Nov. 11, 2009 - Tardigrades



From the site:

“Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are a little-studied phylum of animals. First discovered 230 years ago, there are at least 700 different species living on land, in fresh water, and in the sea.”

This site is filled with scientific images, videos, facts, and useful research geared towards education.

Source: Exploratorium 10 Cool Sites


Wed., Nov. 11, 2009 - The Sun in Motion

The Sun In Motion - Gary Palmer - Grades 2 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Take your students on a trip to the SUN! Look at the Sun closeup from the safety of your computer screen. Observe phenomena such as solar flares and specula's. Watch IMAX movie clips of various aspects of the sun and the chemistry behind the giant fireball. Some of the video clips are from YouTube, so you may have trouble accessing them from school.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., Nov. 11, 2009 - Asteroid Watch

Asteroid Watch - Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Grades 3 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Learn about asteroids found in space. Read about background, the recent asteroids close to Earth, and where to view them when viewing the night sky. View news, images, and video of asteroids. Most of the video clips and other interactive have links for Kids and Education offering more sites to explore and classroom ideas.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Tues., Nov. 10, 2009 - Global Issues

Global Issues - Global Issues - Grades 9 to 12

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Global Issues are on the minds of students and are applicable in a variety of different classes. Use this site to find articles (frequently updated) on and related topics. Pages can be printed or emailed/bookmarked to another who is interested. Use an RSS feed to stay up to date on changes to the site. Though many of the articles are written by the site owner, the articles have extensive facts, graphs, links, and charts.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Tues., Nov. 10, 2009 - Protractor

Protractor - Mark Robinson - Grades 3 to 10

Site found on TeachersFirst.
“Choose from a selection of controls to create a demonstration of virtual protractors. Choose from one of ten activities to generate angles and use an actual protractor to measure and check the answer. Choose from "Show the angle," "Make and measure," "Make the Angle game," and others. All of the choices make this site easy to differentiate for a variety of ability levels. Even in lower grades, this tool will allow your students to visualize right angles and other angle basics.”

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Tues., Nov. 10, 2009 - HeartPower! Online

HeartPower! Online - American Heart Association - Grades 0 to 8

Site found on TeachersFirst.

“HeartPower! Online is a curriculum-based program about heart health. The site provides educational information about nutrition, physical activity, living tobacco-free, and how the heart works. The curriculum guide is loaded with printables, lesson plans, stories, songs, games and other science-based resources organized according to grade level. There is no fee or registration for this site. Just click and go!”

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Tues., Nov. 10, 2009 - OpenLearn


From the site:
“The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. This is the LearningSpace, where you'll find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others.”

[NOTE: Some units previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Monday, November 09, 2009


Mon., Nov. 9, 2009 - Biotechnology (Resources, Links, 18p. Kids Activity Book)

The Council on Biotechnology Information
[Available in English, French, and Spanish]

From the site:

“The Council on Biotechnology Information is pleased to provide resources and information on the benefits of agricultural biotechnology, which is helping the world grow more food, produce greater yields of crops for biofuels, and enable farmers to cope with drought and manage water resources.”

“Please explore our fact sheets, issue briefs and other resource and information materials.



From the site:

“The links on this website are categorized by both geography and topic.”


Kids Site:

Biotechnology Basics Activity Book (18 pages)

“Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book (PDF - 1.72 MB). This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic. Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home.

“In this book, you will take a closer look at biotechnology. You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world.”

“Have fun!”


Mon., Nov. 9, 2009 - Histology-World


From the site:

“This histology site is chocked full of genuine educational histology material. And throughout this histology site, I have included my favorite histology hints.

Discover that histology can be beautiful, interesting and fun. Here at Histology-World, you will find histology games, histology entertainment, and histology educational material. Explore this histology site... have some fun, and in the process, learn some histology.


Mon., Nov. 9, 2009 - Biological Animations

Biological Animations - - Grades 8 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Do your students have trouble understanding complex processes in Biology? Many times students cannot envision the complex processes happening when reading from a textbook. Use these silent animations to see the processes as they would happen in the cell. The general topic areas include Water/Buffers, Lipids, Enzymes, Cell Structures, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Membrane Transport, Metabolism, Molecular Genetics, and Cell Division. Each general topic area has more specific processes.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Mon., Nov. 9, 2009 - Surviving: The Body of Evidence

Site found in:

The Scout Report
May 2, 2008

Surviving: The Body of Evidence [Macromedia Flash Player]

Billed as a "journey of self-discovery", this very fine online exhibit from
the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
takes visitors on an interactive tour through the world of evolution. Along
the way, visitors will encounter well-known scientists and revolutionary
thinkers as they discuss their breakthrough theories. The exhibit doesn't
skimp on the particulars of evolution either, as visitors can learn why
"your sister had trouble giving birth", or "why your back may ache". All of
this is discussed and presented in sections that include "We Keep Evolving",
"Our Place in the Natural World", "We Are Not Perfect", and "Finding Our
Human Ancestors". The site is erudite, well-thought out, and suitable for
all ages. Additional resources on the site include links to other relevant
websites, including the University of California Berkeley's Evolutionary
website and articles on evolution from Scientific American. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Sunday, November 08, 2009


Sun., Nov. 8, 2009 - Powering a Nation

Powering a Nation - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Grades 6 to 12 -

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Who is right when it comes to energy, its creation, and its use? Many of the issues are difficult to understand, and all sides are usually not heard. This site offers a great introductory animated presentation explaining many of the concepts and problems. Students hear the stories about industries, people affected, and the ways that our society contributes to energy problems. After sharing the initial presentation, scroll down the page to read and/or watch more about “Climate Refugees,” “Mining the Mountains,” “Debating Coal’s Future,” and several other topics. New topics are added frequently. And at the time of this review, this site was kept very up to date. Articles and resources offer different angles on energy issues. Look for articles that are all about the lives of all people, how energy works, energy issues of today, and the future of energy. The variety of topics at this site is great, as is the material. If you teach science, social studies, geography, or current events, don’t miss this site.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Sun., Nov. 8, 2009 - Science-Class-Net: Resources for Science Educators Resources for Science Educators

From the site:
"this site is my small contribution to science teachers, students, and parents
who might find something of use here."

Resources listed by subject.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Nov. 8, 2009 - Weird Science Kids

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Hi! It's Tuesday, December 9, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Weird Science Kids

[NOTE: Site has advertisements]

Age Range: 5-11 (About grades K-6, and older students may enjoy some of the
experiments as well.)

ClickSchooling subscriber Jeff Brodsky suggested this website that his kids
really enjoy. The site is the home of the Weird Science Kids program in
Lakewood, California that brings science classes to elementary schools and
afterschool programs for a fee. However, many of the science experiments
they use are archived at the website - and you can access them for free!

When you get to the site, you'll see an introduction explaining the Weird
Science Kids Program. Use the menu at the top of the screen and click on
"Fun Experiments." A new page opens with a menu of enticing Chemistry and
Earth Science activities such as:

*Fake Blood
*Ink and Secret Messages
*Make Your Own Fire Extinguisher
*Snowstorm In A Can
*Make Your Own Rain
*Why is The Sky Blue
*Mentos Geyser
*Color Changing Milk
*Make A Hovercraft
*Taco Sauce Penny Cleaner
*Exploding Water in the Microwave
*Killer Dry Ice Experiments
*Suck an Egg into a Bottle
*Alka Seltzer Rocket
*Silly Putty
*Bubble Bomb
*Mold Science
*Flying Toilet Paper
*Remove Iron From Breakfast Cereal
*Build A Periscope
*DNA Extraction
*Make Rock Candy
- and many, many more!

Click on any one, and a new pages opens with a materials list, instructions,
pictures and illustrations, and an explanation of the science behind the

Have fun!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Sun., Nov. 8, 2009 - How To Teach Science

How To Teach Science

From the site:

“Welcome and please browse. Take advantage of our free science lessons, materials on what we must teach our children in science, worksheets, help in addressing your fear of teaching science, science curriculum for Homeschool and teachers who are afraid and those who aren't. Please take your time and visit all the squares below. Please begin with the Big Chemistry Secret. Also look to the right and tell others about us!”

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From the site:
“In each issue you will find facts about an element, the history of its discovery, information for the advanced learner and tips for sharing it with your kids.”

Science sites and links
(scroll down for math)

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